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English 19th Century Signed Ship Portrait by Charles Kensington Oil on Canvas

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English 19th century original ship portrait, oil on canvas of the three masted schooner "Australasian", signed C (harles) KENSINGTON. The Australasian was owned by the White Star Line at the time of this portrait. Cleaned and Reframed, circa 1885. 41 1/2" W x 29" H including the frame The S.S. Australasian was built on the River Clyde by the famous shipbuilder Robert Napier in 1884. She was rigged as a three masted schooner and had the appearance of a large pleasure yacht. She was owned by the Aberdeen White Star Line and as such was distinguished by her green painted hull, white painted masts and yard and the red and blue house flag. She was outfitted luxuriously and proved to be a popular vessel with her regular London-Plymouth-Tenerife-Cape Town-Sydney-Brisbane sailings. She was in such demand that her accommodation was doubled and electric lighting fitted in 1895. She was sold and renamed in 1905. This portrait was probably commissioned upon her launching. Charles Kensington (1852-1920) was born in London, the youngest of 10 children. He apprenticed at sea for four years, which gave him ample time to study the vast array of shipping. By 1880 he was married and living in London once again. There were relatively few ship portraitists in the capital, so his prospects for making a living doing marine art was increased. He wasn't a prolific artist. Fewer than 50 works are known to be by him. He was sought out for the realism, vibrancy and accuracy of his portraits. About a quarter of his works were in watercolor, the remainder in oils.

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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 29 in. x W 41.5 in. x D 3 in.H 73.66 cm x W 105.41 cm x D 7.62 cm
  • Seller Location
    Wells, ME
  • Seller Reference Number
    Ref. # 8426
  • Reference Number
    LU5046117942672
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